Pro-Ject 1-Xpression Carbon vinyl turntable

Manual vinyl turntable

Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge

Carbon tonearm

Lacquered steel platter


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The Pro-Ject Xpression vinyl turntable is an important part of the brand’s history. It is a direct follow-on from the models 1 and 1.2, now sold under the name ‘1 Anniversary’. It has undergone several upgrades over the years and as a result has taken several forms: The Pro-Ject Xpression, 1-Xpression II and 1-Xpression III turntables. Pro-Ject has now released the 4th variant of its top buy, which goes under the name 1-Xpression Carbon !

Pro-Ject 1 Xpression Carbon : Tonearm and phono cartridge

As the name suggests, it features a new 'full carbon' tonearm. The old one also used a carbon tube, which housed an aluminium headshell.

The new tonearm also features a new bearing that is very similar to that of the 9CC EVO.

Pro-Ject 1 Xpression Carbon Tonearm

The counterweight also uses Evo tonearm technology, as it is fitted with internal TPE damping.

The 1Xpression Carbon vinyl turntable is fitted as standard with an Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge. It is fast becoming a benchmark product in its range. On top of its excellent quality, it also has the potential for a performance upgrade with the addition of a 2M Blue stylus.

Pro-Ject 1 Xpression Carbon : Chassis and platter

It also has a new 15 V DC synchronous motor. This is decoupled from the plinth by two TPE vibration isolation bushings.

Its belt drive system also powers a sub-platter which has a stainless steel bearing in a brass bearing housing.

The platter is made of lacquered steel and requires a felt platter mat (included). Replacing this with a leather mat can produce better results.

Pro-Ject 1 Xpression Carbon vinyl turntable

The platter has a TPE ring fixed to the inner edge, which reduces resonance and increases inertia.

Perfectly crafted with low tolerances. The MDF plinth sits on three aluminium cones damped with a ring of medium density rubber.

Pro-Ject 1 Xpression Carbon : Accessories

The Pro-Ject 1 Xpression Carbon vinyl turntable comes with good quality phono cables. These cables are not captive and can be replaced by higher quality models such as the Pro-Ject Connect IT CC cables.

This turntable is delivered with a transparent acrylic cover to protect it from dust (and pets!) but it is worth remembering that, like all high quality turntables, your music will sound best if the dust cover is left off or open.

Pro-Ject 1 Xpression Carbon Feet

Pro-Ject 1 Xpression Carbon : Listening and test review

Within minutes we were impressed by the sound quality: it certainly doesn’t sound like a vinyl turntable that costs less than €700.

The definition is excellent, spread evenly across the spectrum.

The frequency response is wide and very balanced, giving each register a fair treatment.

The dynamic range is good, creating a sound that is full of life and swing. It is, however, less physical and clear-cut than the 1Xpression Classic model (but this could be normal?).

The overall neutrality makes it highly versatile, working just as well with opera and string quartets as it does with power rock.

The quality of the mids makes acoustic music and vocals sound particularly good.

Pro-Ject 1 Xpression Carbon : Setting up

This 1Xpression vinyl turntable is very simple to operate and - the icing on the cake - ships it to you fully tested and set up!

This new version of the 1Xpression is a welcome development and has made huge strides compared to the earlier models. Could it be a new benchmark? Absolutely.



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Speeds: 33⅓, 45 RPM (manual change)

Drive principle: Belt

Platter: 300mm steel damped

Platter mat: Black felt

Bearing: Brass

Spindle: Stainless steel

Tonearm: 8.6-inch ‘Full carbon’

Tonearm bearing: Evo principle

Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Silver

Counterweight: With TPE damping

Outputs: RCA + ground

Feet: Height-adjustable damped aluminium cones

Power supply: 15V DC/0.5A

Dust cover: YES

Phono cable: RCA 1m

Consumption: 7 watts

Dimensions: 415x118x320mm

Weight: 6kg

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Pro-Ject 1-Xpression Carbon vinyl turntable

Pro-Ject 1-Xpression Carbon vinyl turntable

Manual vinyl turntable

Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge

Carbon tonearm

Lacquered steel platter


The bonus: All of our vinyl turntables are set up and tested before delivery!

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